Who would’ve thought that Japanese beauty would make it to Brazil? Well, it did. The Japanese Garden (Jardim Japonês) in the State of Goias, Caldas Novas is a perfect Zen garden in the heart of a Latin country.
Designed and built by the Japanese Toshiyuki Murai, the landscaping is a perfect illustration of Buddhist and Zen philosophy. Nothing is at random and all the Ikebana flower arrangements are disposed in a way that resembles the different stages of life. Inviting to meditation, the pathways of the Brazilian Japanese Garden are guarded by dragons. The peacocks that wander about undisturbed add a touch of colour to the landscape, which perfectly reflect the principles of in and yō, the Japanese counterparts of yin and yang.
Delving deeper into Japanese thinking, it is not exactly by chance that the central element of the garden is a lake. According to the Shintoist tradition, water is the materialisation of purity and pliant beauty and simplicity of life. That is why any spiritual connection with water is thought to be the primary force in the life of a Shinto priest.
Providing an escape into nature, the Japanese Garden in Caldas Novas invites visitors to a 10-minute meditation and attempt to attain inner peace. Quiet and pure, the garden provides the perfect place to relax, recharge your batteries and reconnect with your inner self.
If you need guidance and ‘authorised’ insights into Japanese culture and Buddhist thinking, a guide will be available to assist you with any information you may require. The cost of a visit is R$5.
Here is what people who visited the garden said:
“This lovely Japanese garden is perfect for peaceful meditation and a stroll. The landscaping represents passages of life so it is helpful to have a guide that can explain the Buddhist and Zen philosophy behind the garden. The colourful peacocks are a beautiful addition to the landscape.” (Aafia)
“It took some effort to find this place but it was worth it. Near the hustle and bustle of the Roma water park complex the is a place of rest and calm. We had a guide who explained the friendship trees and the false friendship tree. He also explained other points of interest. If you get tired of the fast paced water world take a few minutes in this peaceful place. Note: Google maps misses this place by a few blocks and the location of the trip advisor directions is miles away. Put in the address to google maps. When Google maps say you have arrived go down the street a few blocks to find these gardens.” (Nancy M)